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Broxton to remain with Reds


Cincinnati Reds hats & apparel It has been reported that Jonathan Broxton has signed a three-year contract with Cincinnati for $21 million.  According to FOX Sports, Broxton will get salaries of $4, $7, and $9 million He also has a club option for 2016, meaning the Reds could opt for one final year with an additional $9 million or buy out the contract for $1 million.

Broxton, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2002 amateur draft, remained with Los Angeles until he was granted free agency after the 2011 season.  Broxton signed with Kansas City but was later traded to Cincinnati for minor league players Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

Since his debut in 2005, Broxton was a consistent closer for the Dodgers until a foot injury plagued him in 2010.   Broxton posted his worst ERA, 4.04, saving only 22 games as opposed to 36 in 2009.   In 2011, Broxton suffered further injury complaining of elbow pain.   Broxton took the mound for only 14 games in 2011.

Broxton returned to the mound in 2012, trading his Dodger Blue for Royal Blue.  Before being traded to the Reds on the July deadline, Broxton pitched in 35 games for Kansas City.  He had 22 saves and posted an impressive 2.27 ERA.  Though changing from a closer to a set-up man, Broxton pitched effectively for Cincinnati, finishing the season with 2.82 ERA in 22.1 innings of work.



By: Karen L. Willdermood Staff Writer